Friday, July 28, 2017

Upendo means love



Hey there friends, I would like to take a moment today to introduce you to an incredible woman. Unfortunately I have never met Karen in real life but I pray that I am afforded that privilege some day! This (pictured below) is Karen. She lives part time in California and part time in Kenya.
Karen did mission work in Kenya for three months back in 2014 and since then her love for the people and especially the children of Kenya has grown. She had such a desire to help the children that when she returned from her mission trip she founded Love Without Borders. You can read all about how it got started on their website.

"Our sole purpose is to mobilize others to join us as we look after widows and orphans in their distress, as mandated in James 1:27. All of our projects  are focused on providing life-giving hope and sustainable solutions to impoverished women and children. Karen continues to serve as the missionary for Love Without Borders, dividing her time between Kenya and the United States. "



While Karen is in the United States she spends some of her time working on getting things ready for her trips back to Kenya. Recently she posted about the needs of the boys and it was so awesome to see the community here coming together to purchase supplies that she could take to the Upendo home and deliver to the boys. You can be a part of this ministry too. Karen is always willing to take donations towards the boys and the home through the 501(c)3 organization.

One easy way you can support these precious boys is by participating in the Upendo Box. If you are crafty, have your own etsy store or just like to make things you can participate. I have been blessed to participate two times already and I'm beginning work on my next item for the Christmas box. You just need to make some items and then Karen assembles everything in the Upendo Box and sells them. You along with other makers would be making a beautiful box of gifts. These boxes are then profit for the ministry and ultimately the Upendo Boys. The boxes go on sale in late November and are filled with Christmas goodies that you can keep for your own Christmas gift or give to others. I know it's a little early to start thinking about Christmas but it will be here before you know it.

Later this week Karen is heading back to Kenya. You can follow her journey and learn more about this exciting and inspiring ministry through her Instagram page. Just go follow her on Instagram @lovewithoutbordersinc  You can message Karen if you are interested in participating in the Upendo Box and if you're not a maker then follow along so you can buy a box in November! You won't be disapointed. And please pray for these sweet precious boys and Karen's ministry to them. "For whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."
-Matthew 25:40


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2 comments:

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Love Without Borders, Inc. said...

What a precious gift of encouragement this is! I'm so honored and touched that you've shared about us. The work God has us doing in the lives of our precious former street boys is incredible, and having others like you along with us through offering support of various kinds makes sustaining our efforts possible. A really special fact is that so much of our support has come from the maker community and mom's. When we band together, amazing things happen. Thank you for your kind words and generous support of Upendo Box. We're so grateful for you, and if I ever get to meet you, I would be the privileged one. ~KM